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Protect Yourself During Tax Season #LifeLock

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People say that March and April are the two worse months of the year due to tax season.  I guess in a way I can agree but in my mind it’s something that needs to be done regardless of how horrible it’s going to be so I just try to muscle through it as fast as I can so that I can put it behind me for another year.

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Just remember that tax season is when ALL of your most important information is all in one place so you need to be extra careful and make sure your tax information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands leading to identity theft.

Here are a few tips you should try and remember this tax season:

  • There are hundreds if not thousands of tax prepares that claim they can check current as well as past tax returns to get you the largest refund.  Make sure the person you get to check your returns is legit and belongs to a reputable tax firm.
  • While doing your taxes at home never leave all of you important tax documents laying out in the open.  When you are finished with your taxes be sure to secure your documents.
  • Make sure if you are searching for tax forms online to only search www.irs.gov.  Any other site could be phishing for your personal information.
  • NEVER carry your social security card with you.  Always keep it in a safe place at home.
  • Keep important documents locked in a safe if possible.
  • Buy a shredder and shread any documents that you no loonger need that may contain your personal information.

Now that tax season is in full swing be sure to keep your eyes open and your guard up to identity thieves and even more so once the tax season is over.  Thieves will be hoping that once tax season is over you will let your guard down which will allow them to steal your identity without any fight.  Don’t be that person.

Also, don’t forget to play the LifeLock for Life Sweepstakes on Facebook where all you need to do is “LIKE” LifeLock on Facebook then visit the LifeLock for Life tab and begin playing by answering different questions for great prizes. For the month of March/April the questions will be focusing on tax time so make sure you play every week for a chance to win some really cool prizes.

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Comments

  1. Betty Baez says:

    Great tips, Im usually the one who prepares my families taxes…. i have to buy a shredder i currently have a huge box of papers with my info on it that i need to get rid of.

  2. Did you have to remind me that tax season is coming up? LOL! Good tips!

  3. Two years in a row my sister had to file her taxes by paper because someone had already used her son’s information. The first year it was my nephew who was born in Jan and died in April and apparently a grown man had used his social to file taxes. The second year someone claimed her other son as a dependant on their taxes.

    So I agree this a very good time to be more worried about your personal information being safe!

    • WOW, that is crazy. I am hoping your sister got everything worked out and that never happens again.

  4. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    Great tips. You make a great point about identity theft and tax preparers, I really had never thought about that.

  5. Great tips! I need to go buy a shredder, that’s the only thing I’ve been bad about.

  6. Tiffany says:

    I especially love the tip about making sure you are going through the IRS website when looking for tax forms. SO important not to be led over to a questionable site!

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